Ah, the system works. Just ask Claus Von Bülow. — Bart, “The Boy Who Knew Too Much”
Alleged murder week continues here on the Springfield Historical Society with the torrid tale of Claus Von Bülow, who may or may not have tried to kill his wife.
Having already started out life decently rich, Claus improved his fortunes considerably when in 1966 he got hitched to Sunny Crawford, the heiress to a vast, vast, vast fortune who was fresh off a marriage to a genuine Austrian prince when she got together with Claus.
So everything was looking grand. Except Sunny in 1980 was found collapsed in the bathroom, having slipped into a PVS, where she remained until her death in 2008. I’ll refrain from posting a tasteless screenshot here.
Claus, who supposedly had been clashing with his wife as of late, and who would have lost access to her $75 million fortune had they divorced, was immediately suspected of the crime. At trial, the prosecution advanced a theory that Claus had administered Sunny a dose of insulin, which had flared up her hypoglycemia. The widower was convicted.
We’re running a bit long here, so I’ll just note that Claus actually won his appeal and stayed out of prison thanks to doubts raised over the alleged insulin shot. Here’s a comprehensive account of how it all went down, if you’re interested.
Today, Claus actually appears to have something of a literary career going as a high-brow critic type, fortune or no. You can read some of his columns here. Happy endings all around.